Trump Administration to Interpret Judaism as Nationality.
President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Wednesday recognizing Judaism as a nationality and not just a religion.
The White House believes the move will help combat what they perceive as anti-Semitism on college campuses.
Educational institutions receiving federal funding would now be punished for discrimination and violations based on the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
While some are in support of the decision, others feel it was designed to have a "chilling effect on free speech and to crack down on campus critics of Israel." .
We feel it is misguided and harmful for the White House to unilaterally declare a broad range of nonviolent campus criticism of Israel to be anti-Semitic, especially at a time when the prime driver of anti-Semitism in this country is the xenophobic, white nationalist far-right.
, J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami, via statement.
According to 'The New York Times,' Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser, pushed for the executive order